July 10, 2005
A very cool night by Papa Mali in Boulder
I attended this gig, catching Papa Mali for the
first time, and enjoyed what I heard. Not only
does Malcolm (Papa) possess some fine chops, but
serves up some greasy grooves, such as the
oozing take of "I Walk On Guilded Splinters"
and the grit he adds to the Led Zeppelin cover
that closes the main set.
For those who favor improvisation, you will want
to listen to the Papa Mali - Otis Taylor jam.
Picture those two, Papa's bassist & drummer,
and a percussionist (with Otis) working together
and clearly listening to each other. The beauty
of this jam that it is long on vision and very
low on wank (unlike many "jam bands" out there!).
There are several themes, and Otis concentrates
on layers for Malcolm to play off of. Not one
single musician dominates; instead, all truly
work together as one symbiotic unit.
If you've read this far, give this show a chance,
folks. Looking forward to seeing more Papa Mali
down the road.